Preparing National Leaders and Advocates in Counseling

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Seattle University prepares mental health counselors to be ethical, reflective, and multiculturally competent leaders and change agents to work in clinical mental health, hospital, agencies, and college settings. 

Seattle University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is a national leader in preparing mental health counselors. The program holds the distinction of being the first counseling program in Seattle to be accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The program received CACREP accreditation in 2011. CACREP is the leading accrediting body for master’s level counseling programs in the country. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is also ranked as the top graduate counseling program in Seattle, based on program completion rate, job placement rate, licensing exam pass rates, accreditation length, research productivity of faculty, and cost of tuition and fees by Top Counseling Schools, a website for counseling students and professionals.

The counseling faculty are national leaders in their respective areas of research. Counseling faculty are also involved at the state and national levels regarding clinical mental health counseling issues. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is the only program in the nation where graduates are eligible to pursue Washington State substance use disorder certification upon graduation. This distinction positions our clinical mental health counseling graduates to provide integrated care. Graduates of the program are able to provide both substance abuse and mental health counseling. Graduates of the program leave with a deep understanding of mental health and substance abuse issues, strong clinical skills, and possess a commitment to social justice.

 Program Features

Would you like to help people be healthier and happier? Meet Crystal Long, a student in Seattle University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program who is working toward this goal. Listen to Dr. Kristi Lee discuss how students are actively applying what they’re learning through community engagement.

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*underestimate because not all graduates could be reached

Counseling Graduates

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program prepares students for work in various community settings, such as youth service agencies, mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities.

We believe that effective counselors have:

  • a sense of personal identity and an understanding of the process of identity formation that guides their work and governs their professional ethics
  • a commitment to social justice and working with diverse populations
  • a thorough grounding in basic counseling skills compatible with any theoretical orientation
  • knowledge of a variety of classical and contemporary counseling theories and ability to integrate these into their own evolving theoretical foundation
  • managed the stresses of a demanding profession by developing effective coping skills
  • developed a professional and personal support system to nourish and sustain them


When you pursue our master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Seattle University, you are eligible to pursue post-master’s substance use disorder professional certification required to do addiction counseling—all integrated into one degree .

Associate professor of counseling, Dr. Mary Amanda Graham and Department Chair, Dr. Manivong J. Ratts.

Mission-Driven Excellence

As a premier program in the Pacific Northwest for the past four decades, our graduate counseling program mission is to prepare diverse, ethical, reflective, clinically skilled, and multiculturally competent counselors to become leaders and advocates who confront injustice and provide quality service in diverse communities. Learn more about our program objectives, accreditation, student organizations and community connections by exploring the links below.

Funding Your Future

The College of Education offers need and merit based scholarships

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    Jennifer Gordon

    Senior Program Administrative Assistant

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    Mary Graham

    Program Director Associate Professor

    (206) 296-5748

    “SU’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program has provided me with a dynamic educational experience. I am grateful for the engaged and caring faculty that have prepared me to help people live healthier and happier.”

    Riley Cornett Clinical Mental Health Counseling alumnus
    College of Education

    Over 80 years, our College of Education has graduated more than 11,000 students. With our alumni becoming notable leaders who spearhead systemic change and inspire future generations as administrators, teachers, counselors, school psychologists, principals, superintendents, deans, community college faculty as well as college and university presidents.